The right contractor for your bathroom remodeling project may have to wear many hats. Bathroom redesign requires the services of licensed plumbers and electricians, among other trades people. The contractor will have to coordinate the process very well to ensure that work flows smoothly and efficiently.
1. Experience matters.
The contractor must have a track record of successfully completing projects preferably related to bathroom design and remodels. Look at before and after photos if a physical inspection is not possible.
2. Credentials count.
Contractors who will be spending a lot of time inside your home should be properly vetted, including background and reference checks. Likewise, subcontractors should be checked unless the contractor vouches for them. In any case, make sure that the contractor can present proof of performance bond and insurance that also covers subcontractors.
3. Attention to details is a must.
So much minutiae is involved in a bathroom remodel, and every little detail plays a role in creating the dream bathroom. Look for a contractor who is organized and focused with a nose for practical solutions.
4. Cutting corners is not acceptable.
Examine the bid and ask to look at sample materials if possible. It is tempting to choose the lowest bidder, but this may not yield the best results if the lower bid involves using inferior fixtures and substandard materials. Be wary of contractors who underbid to win the contract then bump up the budget later on.
Bathroom remodeling is a very personal project, so make sure that you can get along with the contractor who will be in your private space until the project is completed.